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Wednesday 8th June 2022

9:30am - 2:30pm (plus Community Makers Meeting 3-5pm)

Post Hall Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 2AY

Free to attend and open to everyone



10.10 - 10.30 -  Mojisola Elufowoju, CEO and Artistic Director - Utopia Theatre

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10.35 – 10.55 -  Emma Spencer, Informal Learning Programmer - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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11.15 - 11.35 - Mike Layward,  Artistic Director -  DASH

Solidarity not pity

A very brief look at the history of the Disability Rights and Disability arts movements, the work of some Disabled artists and what we need is solidarity between ourselves and other oppressed groups.


Mike Layward has worked in the arts for nearly 40 years, as a performer, musician, carnival designer, maker, puppeteer, producer, director and live artist. He has worked across the UK, France, Holland, Spain, Palestine and India.

Since 1999 Mike has been Artistic Director of DASH and has been instrumental in DASH gaining a National reputation as the leading Disability Visual arts organisation.

Mike's philosophy is based on the belief that the arts are and have to be a vehicle for Social change.

Mike has an MA in Activism and Social Change (Leeds University) 2009.

11.40 - 12.00 - Lucy Turner, Early Years Coordinator and Imogen Holmes-Roe, Curator - Whitworth Gallery

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 12.05- 12.25- SuAndi, Cultural Director Freelance - National Black Arts Alliance


The power of art is how it can make anyone stand still, look about, reassess themselves in a more positive light. It can cause tears, sometimes temper; either way by the end of the workshop/project , the journey steered by anyone — or many art forms should be positive.   Documentary photographs do not tell the whole story it is when people linger and keep on talking or when by chance, you meet a participant somewhere and immediately they share their experience. Art can and does change lives. By giving voice to those often unheard.

Established in 1985 NBAA once was the largest network of Black artists in the UK.  It was formed by community artists who felt that Black art and culture was marginalised and under-represented.  From the beginning NBAA saw the value in hosting celebratory events alongside community projects and educational sessions.

SuAndi is a recognised Performance Artist and Poet working nationally and internationally and is NBAA’s freelance Cultural Director.  She is the recipient of a number of awards including the OBE and two honorary degrees.

12.30 - 1.15 Lunch
1.20 - 2.20-

Creative workshops x 2

Breakout talks x 2
2.20 - 2.30 Close of conference

Then stay with us for more networking and discussion about volunteering in the creative sector. Attendees are welcome to attend both or just one of these events on the day.


3-5pm - Community Makers:

Are you a creative or community/voluntary sector organisation that delivers creative activity in the community? From dance to creative writing, to sewing groups to choirs- if your organisation is a delivery organisation or supports those that do we want to connect with you.


Book your tickets online now - click here. In the meantime please keep an eye on the Ignite Imaginations Facebook page for more details and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch on

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